It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Monday, March 24, 2014

I’m back….

tired but happy.  It was nice having my family all together again.  The food was good and I sent the leftovers all home with the kids.


I used a recipe from for the raisin pie.

"Raisins are plumped in water, and brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, vinegar and butter are stirred in. The filling is poured into a pastry shell, covered with a top crust, and baked in a hot oven for 30 minutes. Cool and serve with ice cream."


2 cups raisins

2 cups water

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

1 tablespoon butter

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust



1.  Combine raisins and water in a small saucepan. Boil 5 minutes. Blend brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt together; add to hot raisins. Cook and stir until syrup is clear. Remove from heat, and stir in vinegar and butter or margarine. Cool slightly.

2.  Turn filling into a pastry lined pan. Cover with top crust. Seal edges, and cut slits in the top crust.

3.  Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes.


This is what my pie looked like.  I didn’t use that hot of an oven.  I used a 375 degree oven and it took about 45 minutes to bake.  I was afraid to use that hot of an oven with my glass pie pan.



The brownies were courtesy of a Duncan Hines mix.


The macaroni salad was a big hit.  I tweaked a recipe around that I found on the net.

I cooked a 12 ounce package of Barilla  tri-color rotini pasta about 10 minutes.  Then I drained and rinsed it under cold water.

I had already cooked several slices of bacon until crisp.  I diced the bacon into small pieces.

In a large bowl I mixed l bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.

I diced 1 green bell pepper that had been washed and seeded.

I diced 1 stalk of celery.

I added the pasta to the ranch dressing mix and folded in the bacon, green pepper and celery.  I then added 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and mixed it all together.

This salad was really good and the first pasta salad that I have eaten that I really liked.


I hope you all have a good week.  Stay safe and be happy!!




  1. Sis will save those recipes..I know they will come in handy this summer. The salad sounds really good, don't care for green pepper but I bet you can use red or yellow in there or some of both. Neat!! Glad you had a nice time. XoXo Prayers for you always..

  2. oh Beth your pie looks great!! I love raisin pie, I also like the sound of the salad, wonderful time spent with your family!! Its cold here but sunshine!!

  3. Glad you had a good visit. I WILL make that salad and have all of the exact ingredients on hand! Sounds delicious. We love pasta.

  4. Your cooking looks lovely. Most of the names are beyond me :)
    Wonderful you had a lovely time with your family.

  5. Now I'm hungry :-). They look and sound delicious. More to add to my files. Time with family is (to me anyway) the best times there are.

  6. I am so happy for you Beth! Both recipes sound fantastic and I will look forward to trying them both! What a wonderful family gathering! Have a wonderful week!!

  7. Everything looks and sounds so delicious! I had to pin the pie....raisin is one of my favorites and I don't have a recipe. It is always wonderful to be together with family...

  8. Beth, No wonder them kids took the left-overs..yummy. Glad you had that time with your loved ones. It helps us carry-on doesn't it? Beth, it's cold here again! I know it won't last but it is cramping my style girl. Wishing you warmer weather soon. xoxo,Susie

  9. Hi Beth, Pleased you had a good time. Hope your week is blessed. Hugs Nita

  10. It all sounds scrumptious, Beth! I'm glad you had time with family.

    I think the Raisin Pie is what has been called "Methodist Pie" in some areas. We had a session at church about that once, and I baked a couple of pies.

    Sunshine here today, but colder temps to follow!

    Have a good Monday! xo Nellie

  11. I'm so glad you had a good time! The goodies look delightful!

  12. you're making me hungry! stop it! :)

  13. Glad you had fun Beth, the food looks good,
    I know how happy you are that spring in here finally.
    Have a wonderful week my dear friend

  14. Family time is the best for sure. Your meal sounds so good. I hope you have a wonderful week.

  15. Welcome back Beth. This looks and sounds so super yummy!!

  16. Happy for you for the family time! No doubt . . . they will be back soon for more of your cooking treats!

  17. Oh my, those look so yummy. I can see why they took them home. Hope you have a nice and warm week. Hugs, xo

  18. I love when you cook!! I am going to try that pasta salad, maybe adding red onion. I really like red onion in pasta salad. I make one with fresh dill that is just amazing, but I adore bacon so this sounds really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I was hoping you would!!

  19. So glad you enjoyed your time with family.
    What a perfect looking pie crust - a work of art.

  20. Very happy you got to enjoy time with your family. The food sounds wonderful! I might have to try the pasta salad!

  21. I am not big on pasta salads but this one sounds really good. I would have to leave out the green pepper though because I can't eat them...but it would be good even without them I bet. I am so glad you had fun with your family but I bet you are tired out now.

    Hope you have a wonderful week, Beth. xo Diana- ps. Your pie sounds delicious, too!

  22. So happy to hear you had your family home too. Doesn't happen often enough, does it. But the love is always there. Blessings to you, Beth. Bertie

  23. blessings....
    thats a good kind of tired.
    Just came in to say hello and wish you a fabulous week.


  24. Oh that looks good you prepared. Your pie crust trim looks awesome neat.

    You relax and put your feet up and listen to some music today. Good for the soul and body.


  25. All the food looks so good! Glad you enjoyed your family time!

  26. I'll put the coffee on.
    I have never heard the phrase "hot of an oven". Is there another kind of hot?
    I could polish off all the brownies.
    I'm glad you're back. I missed you.

  27. Sounds like a wonderful time with good food, too. :)

  28. That pie is a beaut! And I am so glad everyone showed up and all of you had a great time. Can you imagine the calories in the raisin pie? Woo WHEEEEE


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